From the White House and MIT to Facebook and Google, almost everyone stands with Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that his teacher thought looked like a "movie bomb."
While major political figures of the country, including President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have expressed their support for the talented teenager, Beth Van Duyne, the mayor of his hometown, Irving, Texas, does not.
The reason is not really surprising, however, it must be highlighted in order to prevent more children to go through the same ordeal as Mohamed.
Van Duyne, as some people suggest, is responsible for encouraging anti-Muslim sentiment in Irving. She is “a hero among a fringe movement that believes Muslims... are plotting to take over American culture and courts,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
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She recently made headlines for crusading against a "Sharia law court" that was rumored to run in an Irving mosque.
"While I am working to better understand how this 'court' will function and whom will be subject to its decisions, please know that if it is determined that there are violations of basic rights occurring, I will not stand idle and will fight with every fiber of my being against this action," Van Duyne wrote on her Facebook page.
But the Sharia law court turned out to be a hoax. Politifact later reported how some Muslims were offering "Sharia-governed, non-binding mediation services" in the region but no Sharia court was operational.
Still unconvinced, Van Duyne supported a bill prohibiting any so-called foreign law in March, much to the dismay of Muslims who felt they were being unfairly targeted.
Considering her past crusade against non-existent security threats from Islam, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Van Duyne is defending law enforcement and school officials involved in Mohamed's arrest and suspension.
"To the best of my knowledge, they followed protocol for investigating whether this was an attempt to bring a Hoax Bomb to a school campus," Van Duyne wrote on Facebook. "I hope this incident does not serve as a deterrent against our police and school personnel from maintaining the safety and security of our schools."
Texas has already been wary of “creeping Middle Eastern influence” in the state’s educational matters for years now. Fear-mongering by people in power like Van Duyne will only make matters worse for students like Ahmed Mohamed, who deserve praise, not handcuffs.